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Windows 7: Memory Usage On C: (Where is it coming from?)

28 Nov 2012   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You probably have a bunch of restore points> Run this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

Look under Allocated

Btw: there is no 'memory' on C - it is disk space. Memory is RAM.


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29 Nov 2012   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You probably have a bunch of restore points> Run this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

Look under Allocated

Btw: there is no 'memory' on C - it is disk space. Memory is RAM.
He knows, IMd him about that after his post, about the memory wording.
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29 Nov 2012   #13
AggieBlazer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You probably have a bunch of restore points> Run this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

Look under Allocated

Btw: there is no 'memory' on C - it is disk space. Memory is RAM.
Tried that. It opens the command prompt for a second and then disappears.

I did find what was eating up my storage though.

Note to users: When you do a reinstall of windows, the computer will store a copy of your drive called 'Windows.old'. This file will only appear to take up a fraction of storage that it really does. (Mine was ~40GB for example) In reality, I'm assuming there were hidden folder or something that caused it to reserve space on the hard drive for it. After deleting the file I was able to get back ~150 GB of storage. Just a friendly tip ^.^

(I guess using 136 GB is reasonable...however after a reinstall I might scour for hidden files holding lots of bytes.)

To the 'memory' thing, I have been told ROM was memory and I thought ROM made up your hard drive. So I associated that with memory...if it's not memory what is it? O.o
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29 Nov 2012   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

cmd did not work because you did not run it in elevated mode.
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29 Nov 2012   #15
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I believe this will remove Windows Old.
Disk Cleanup : Extended
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29 Nov 2012   #16
AggieBlazer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
cmd did not work because you did not run it in elevated mode.
It says I've only got 10 GB allocated for my restore points.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I believe this will remove Windows Old.
Disk Cleanup : Extended
Where would Windows.old be? I dont want to do disk cleanup on something and get rid of files i need. (unless it's smart enough to NOT do that)
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30 Nov 2012   #17
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This should give you the information your looking for about Windows Old. You do not want to remove Windows Old unless you know what is in it. Their might be something you want to save.
You must read these Tutorials and understand them.
Windows.old Folder - Delete
I say again. Don't remove Windows Old unless you know you no longer want or need what is in that folder/file. It will be gone forever.
Here is another Tutorial to read and understand.
Elevated Command Prompt
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